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A Touch of Scarlet by Eve Marie Mont Book Review

A Touch of Scarlet
The compelling heroine of Eve Marie Mont’s novel A Breath of Eyre returns to find truth and fiction merging through the pages of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic, The Scarlet Letter…
Emma Townsend is back at prestigious Lockwood Prep, but her world has altered immeasurably since her tumultuous sophomore year. The best change of all: her boyfriend, Gray. And though Gray is leaving for Coast Guard training, Emma feels newly optimistic, even if the pain of her mother’s long-ago death still casts a shadow.
Yet Emma isn’t the only one who’s changed. Her friend and roommate, Michelle, is strangely remote, and old alliances are shifting in disconcerting ways. Soon Emma’s long-distance relationship with Gray is straining under the pressure, and Emma wonders if she’s cracking too. How else to explain the vivid dreams of Hester Prynne she’s been having since she started reading The Scarlet Letter? Or the way she’s found herself waking in the woods? As her life begins to echo events in the novel, Emma will be forced to choose between virtue and love. But can she forge a new future without breaking her heart?
I love retellings of different classics, so I was really excited to read A Touch of Scarlet. The way The Scarlet Letter was incorporated into the plot of A Touch Of Scarlet was amazing.

Emma, the main character, ends up falling into The Scarlet Letter at various points in the story. She lives in the story itself. Hester, the main character in The Scarlet Letter, was a parallel to Emma and who Emma could eventually become. Even though I haven’t read The Scarlet Letter, the book did a great job of giving you just enough information to understand both the plot and characters in it.

At the beginning of A Touch of Scarlet, I liked Emma as a main character. As the story progressed, she starts to try to find her identity. Along the way, I really didn’t like a lot of the decisions they made and how they hurt others. By the end, though, I think she changed for the better.

For the relationship between her and Gray, it was full of so many twists and turns. There were a lot of things that changed in their relationship and they each realized that they needed to be their own person. Owen, a close friend of Emma’s, was also a great person and such a nice guy. 

The plot of the book was so entertaining. The incorporation of The Scarlet Letter also made things a lot more interesting. However, there were some themes later in the book that I didn’t enjoy reading about, based on my own personal beliefs. There was definitely a more serious tone to A Touch of Scarlet, with some characters who were constantly bullied throughout the book. I felt so bad for what they had to go through!

The ending was great, although I feel like there were some questions left unanswered. I’m very curious to see how things will turn out in The Phantom Enchantment, especially regarding Emma’s and Gray’s relationship. I hope that Emma will eventually get her happily ever after :)

Emma wasn’t the most likable character in A Touch of Scarlet, but the incorporation of The Scarlet Letter in the plot was great and the book was written beautifully. I’d give it 3 1/2 out of 5 flowers.

* Thank you so much to Kensington Teen for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review! :)







20 comments:

  1. Well I on the other hand really don't like retellings of any sort. I've read Scarlet Letter for my lit classes and really enjoyed the story and I'm now curious about this. Great review :)

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    1. I'm reading The Scarlet Letter next year, so I'm glad it's good. Thanks :)

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  2. I think I have seen this, but never really pay it much attention. It sounds really good and I am a sucker for all the re-tellings. Definitely going to have to check it out. Wonderful review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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  3. Hmmmmm, I'm definitely curious about this one! The Scarlet Letter was one of the few required reading books I actually liked in high school, and like you, I love a retelling, so I'm thinking despite Emma's unlikability in some areas that I'll enjoy this one. Lovely review!

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    1. It was a great book, otherwise :) Thank you.

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  4. Glad to learn that you liked the plot even when you weren't too happy about some of the things that the characters went through. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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    1. The plot was very interesting. Thanks so much!

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  5. I completely agree with you about the Emma and Gray relationship.. it was a roller coaster ride! I can't wait for the third book to see how that goes.

    great review,
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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    1. lol, I love that analogy. I'm super excited for the third book, as well :)

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  6. This one sounds very interesting... I'm not sure that I heard of it before, but the plot intrigues me!

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  7. Hmm I've heard of this series floating around but haven't given it much thought because of the historical part of it which is my least favorite genre so yeah. But I'm intrigued now because you mentioned The Scarlet Letter and I also love entertaining plots. Thanks for sharing Montana! I'm glad you liked this one!

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    1. The Scarlet Letter part of the plot was great :) Thanks!

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  8. A retelling, yay! I've been eyeing this series so this sounds really good! Although I am wondering about the themes and if I would care for them or not. And Emma. Gosh, I might be annoyed with her, but this sounds like an overall good book. Great review!

    Sunny @ Blue Sky Bookshelf

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    1. I hope you enjoy if if you do pick this series up! :)

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  9. I've read The Scarlet Letter for two different classes -- liked it one, didn't like it in the other. But I'd be interested in a retelling, definitely! An ending that leaves some openings for another book is okay, as long as there isn't a cliffhanger.

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  10. Although I am not a fan of The Scarlet Letter (I didn't really like it, had to read it for school) I really want to read this one. I love re-tellings so I'll check this one out.

    Leigh
    Little Book Star

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    1. I'm looking forward to your thoughts on it if you do pick it up :)

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